During the month of October, we got to enjoy being at churches in the beautiful New England area. At the beginning of October, we were at Trinity Baptist Church in Williston, VT. We had the unique opportunity to be really involved with the teens in the church and school there. For a couple days during the week, we got to run a couple days of Cola War activities with the teens from the school. It was fun to see the teens get really involved with the games and focus during the different preaching sessions. We also loved to connect with the teens during the precessions before each of the evening services. The kids program that week was definitely memorable! The kids from the church and school worked hard to invite friends so that at the end of the week, when they hit their goal, they enjoyed watching Phil eat a live goldfish! On our off day, the team enjoyed some unique fun opportunities. A pilot from the church took everyone up in his small plane to see the colors in Vermont. Later in the day, we spent time with Pastor Gotcher hiking the mountains of Vermont and arriving at the highest point in the state. We also had the opportunity to celebrate Asher and Jobe’s birthdays at this church. Our team definitely loved our time in Vermont.
After Vermont, our team headed to Truth Baptist Church, in South Windsor, CT. We loved being able to see how their church worships on Sunday morning. Truth Baptist is filled with sweet people that our team loved connecting with whether in conversations or playing basketball with kids and teens. During presessions before services, we had a blast with the youth group. Games were fun, but they were really engaged with the challenges that Riley gave each night. It was also encouraging to see the church invite people out for the Irish Concert that week. During our off day that week, our team had a blast going to Boston. Bethany did such a great job planning a fun day for our team while also learning history along the way!
Linwood, NJ/Slate Belt, PA
In the middle of September, we began our fall ministry at Linwood Community Church, in Linwood NJ and Slate Belt Church in Pen Argyl, PA. We had the opportunities to have various special activities which included Family Fun Nights, Teen Events, & and Irish Concerts. Aaron preached a number of times throughout the two weeks, and we were thrilled that one of the ladies who visited Linwood Community Church accepted Christ!
We loved the connections that we got to build with the teens at both churches. At Linwood, you would find our team and the teens playing a game of Knock Out or just standing around talking. One afternoon, we had the opportunity to go canvassing at a Middle School to invite teens for the Cola War. That was a great way not only to invite kids out for the event, but it was another great way to connect with teens at the church. The Cola War was on Thursday and was a great turnout! At Slate Belt, we had opportunities to hang around after services to be with the teens and did a youth activity night. We loved seeing those teens have fun and build relationships with them.
The Irish Concerts at both churches were such a great way to invite people out to hear fun music, but to also hear the gospel clearly.
The last three weeks before our spring break our team was in South and North Carolina. We were in Little River, SC once again, went to Victory Baptist Church in Whiteville, NC and then spent a week at Bible Baptist church in Matthews, NC.
It was such a sweet blessing to be back with the people of Anchor Baptist in Little River. It was a typical week with a men’s night and a ladies’ night, but these events were not our typical events. Our ladies enjoyed a luau themed night. How fun! We ended the week on Feb 13 with a Sweetheart banquet. This was particularly fun for the girls on our team. They got to pull together an hours worth of love songs to play as background music. Check out some pictures (by clicking the update link below) to see pictures from this week.
The following week we were with Victory Baptist Church. We were there four years ago, so we loved getting to reconnect. Wednesday evening was our family fun night, and let me tell you, it was FUN! Check out our full gallery of pictures on our website. We’ve not had a competition quite that exciting in a while.
Our next week took us to Matthews, North Carolina. It was our first time to be at Bible Baptist Church. We had events for the church, as well as in the school. Thursday afternoon was a school day Cola Wars for the entire highschool. It’s always a lot of fun when we get to deviate from our normal schedule, and our team especially loves getting to work with the teens. Be sure to check out the full gallery of our photos on our website.
Anchor Baptist in Little River
Victory Baptist in Whiteville
Bible Baptist in Matthews
The first week of February we traveled from Florida on up to the beaches of South Carolina. It was hard to trade the sunny beaches of Florida for the “cold” winter up in Myrtle Beach, but nothing beats getting to fellowship with the people of God everywhere we go.
We had a full week in Calvary Bible Church in Myrtle Beach. With Aaron being absent the week before, our team was trying to get back to our normal routine of ministry. It was an answer to so many people’s prayers that we were even able to drive the truck and trailer the nearly 800 miles we needed to go. We have witnessed God’s faithfulness in tremendous ways this semester in the midst of such uncertainty and confusion.
Our week at Calvary was full with men’s and ladies’ events, programs for the adults, teens, and children, school chapels, an all-day “Cola War” for the school on Thursday, and an Irish concert on Thursday evening. Check out our pictures via the link to our website so you can see some of the snapshots from our week.
We were so encouraged to have met so many visitors, specifically for the men’s and ladies’ events on Monday and Tuesday. It was evident to see that the people of Calvary love the people in their community and are committed to proclaiming the Gospel.
This past month our team was down in Florida with Faith Baptist church in Titusville and Grace Baptist Church of Vero Beach. We love getting to be where it’s warm during the winter months!
It was so sweet to be back with the people of Faith Baptist Church in Titusville. We pushed hard on Tuesday with the teens to invite people to the Cola Wars on Wednesday evening. One of the churches close by brought several teens and a few teens showed up from the nearby schools. The games were exciting, and the teens had a blast. What was so awesome to see was that many teens responded after hearing the gospel message. What a blessing to proclaim the Good News and see God save people for His glory!
It was the Friday of this week that Aaron had his accident and our traveling plans were put on hold. Stephanie and Aaron spent two nights in the hospital while the team watched the Coffey kids. We could spend so much time here recounting the ways in which God graciously lined up the details to bring Himself glory. It “just so happened” that the following week of meetings was just an hour and a half away. This made it possible for their trailer to remain in Titusville, so that the Coffeys and the team could commute to and from Vero Beach when needed. The two older Coffey kids were able to stay on track with school, Riley stood in the gap preaching to the adults, Mitchell covered for Riley in the teen program, and altogether the team pulled off a week of meetings largely without Aaron, which allowed him to rest. If it was never clear before how desperately we need God, it had been made so sweetly clear to us now and what a tremendous blessing this is.
So our week in Vero Beach looked only vaguely like we planned for it to, but nonetheless it was the week God intended for us and for the people of Grace Baptist Church of Vero Beach.
Thank you Faith and Grace Baptist for allowing our team to partner with you this past month. Thank you for being faithful and for being so gracious to our family and our team.
Our first week of 2020 ministry landed us in Augusta, GA. It’s always so much fun to reconvene after our holiday break. We get to share stories of things we were able to do and accomplish over the break, new memories from time with our families, and new plans for goals we’ve set moving forward.
Being at Westside was a special privilege for our team, because it’s home to our very own Mitchell Beck. It’s so sweet to be able to serve the people that have invested into our team members’ lives.
Please take the time to look at our photos for the highlights of our week. We spent Wednesday evening working through Romans 8 in a study of God’s eternal plan for our lives. We set a pattern for the service of studying through a few verses then taking time to sing together congregationally in response, another few verses of study, followed by more time responding in worship. It is always sweet to spend time like this together with a body of believers. And oh, how sweet it will be to share this same worship once we’re together again, as a whole, in Glory!
Friday evening was the much anticipated dodgeball tournament. Our team members refereed the games, the teens invited their friends make up teams of 5 each, and we had a blast all evening. At the end of the night the winning team was awarded a collective $100!
Thank you, Westside for the privilege of partnering with you this past week in ministry together. We’ll look forward to the next time we’re all together.
After Nebraska, our team made the great trek out West to begin our four weeks in Colorado. We drove across the Great Plains to begin our meetings at Red Rocks Baptist Church in Morrison, CO. Several of our team members had never been to Colorado, so it was especially fun to see their reactions to the gorgeous mountains.
We began pre-sessions on Monday evenings with the teens. Our time before the service accomplishes several purposes by connecting with the teens, digging into the Word together, and building towards the teen event later in the week. It was a joy to see how the teens rallied together at the Cola Wars on Thursday evening for the final event of the week.
Our second week in Colorado was in Longmont, CO at Faithpoint Baptist Church. Our time with this body of believers was a sweet encouragement to us throughout the week. Our grand finale together was on Friday evening when we had a Family Fun night. We had a bouncy house, popcorn, sundaes, nachos, root beer floats, and so much more! The church people invited their unsaved friends and co-workers, and the turn-out was encouraging and exciting. We got to watch Gospel friendships in action, as the church people carried on Gospel conversations with their guests.
Our last two weeks in CO were unique. We served in two different churches for just a Sunday. The first week we got to partner with Castleview Baptist Church, where one of our former team members, Emilee Nelson, currently attends. We got to be a part of their Fall Festival on Saturday evening. They held it at their new church property, and there were many guests that visited. It was also a blessing to be a part of their Sunday services. The second Sunday, we were able to serve at Tri-City Baptist Church in Westminter, CO. On Sunday night, we did a special service through Romans 8. This “singspiration” has preaching from the word, responsive congregational singing, and a few songs from the team. We repeat that format four different times, and it is powerful. It may be one of the favorite things that we do as a team. We love hearing the congregation respond after hearing the Word! Romans 8 gives us much to praise the Lord for!
It was a blessing to meet so many new friends out West! We can’t wait to, Lord willing, serve out there again!
Week three of our semester put us at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Lincoln, NE. We loved getting to know the people of Cornerstone Baptist Church. We had a tremendous turnout for the Cola Wars on Thursday evening. Pastor made connections with a couple surrounding churches that were able to bring a group of teens. What an exciting opportunity to be able to share the Gospel with so many believers and unbelievers. Many of our team members got to counsel teens through the gospel at the end of the evening and one young lady accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior! Hallelujah, God is so good to rescue and save souls! Cornerstone Baptist is such a sweet group of believers. We praise the Lord for the work He is doing in and through them!!
Our first week of the fall semester brought us to Troy, MO. We traveled on Friday from Detroit and made it to St. Louis late the evening. With our Saturday being free, the team enjoyed the opportunity to visit the St. Louis zoo before we began our set-up for the week. They had such a blast.
Each evening before the services, we had pre-sessions for the adults, teens and kids. This time is just a “bonus” for those who can come a little bit before the service starts to get some extra time in the Word and prayer. Thursday evening was the Irish Concert, and there were several unbelievers that came through the invitations of various church members. It was our first concert of the semester and Stephanie’s first concert to be a part of. Adding a second fiddle to our music has been so much fun!
It was a joy to serve and worship with the people of Abundant Life Baptist Church. We are always amazed at the fellowship we get to share with complete strangers as we travel the country. God puts within believers a very distinct love for each other, and we count it a privilege as we get to experience that fellowship and love through the body of Christ all across America.
Our last week before spring break was at Yates Thagard Baptist Church in Carthage, NC. This was a new church for our ministry to partner with. We enjoyed getting to know the church people throughout our time together.
Tuesday afternoon, we got to be a part of the Senior Saints luncheon. We provided some bluegrass music during the meal, and then got to stay around afterwards to fellowship with several of the people. We enjoyed the opportunity to fellowship with these dear saints and enjoy some delicious food.
Kids program always provides many unique moments during the week, and this particular week did not disappoint. Ryan the Regent lost the hearts of his dear Kingdom as Riley the Rabble-Rouser and Mitchell the Minstrel swooped in and offered themselves as more suitable replacements for the crown. The kids were over-the-top involved in the rioting over the crown. It was hilarious to see the kids get so excited about the plot of Kammelot. It was an absolute delight to jump in with both feet in our mission to teach these kids that God’s Kindgom is worth our everything. Jesus is better than anything and everyone! We can have absolute confidence as we commit our lives to Christ.